Questions tagged [metadata]

Information stored in or out of band about a file describing secondary characteristics.

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Unable to change author name in an ebook on iPad

I have a Mac computer where I downloaded an ePub and then changed the author on the Mac in the list view of iBooks. MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra iOS 12.3.1 for the iPad Then I dragged and dropped the ePub ...
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How do currently downloading files show a circular progress indicator besides them in Finder?

When downloading a file using Google Chrome, Mac App Store, or some other app, Finder usually displays a circular progress indicator besides the file name. Out of curiosity, is there any technical ...
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macOS app review process: Touch Bar functionality in metadata

I have a macOS app that get bug fixed. But the latest Apple review process drives me a bit insane. They always tell me that my app's metadata indicates Touch Bar functionality which my app do not have....
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Is there any way to create an iTunes smart playlist with a user defined text field as the condition?

I'm using iTunes 12.8 with Yate by 2manyrobots (https://2manyrobots.com/yate/) to manage metadata for a library of approx 50k AIFF tracks. Yate has the ability to retrieve data from Discogs and ...
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View EXIF/metadata found in photo?

Is it possible to view/dump metadata found in images using Terminal with built-in command line tools? I'm looking for something like exiftool, but native to macOS Mojave. Does such a command/tool ...
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In iTunes 12 on macOS, how can I reset the skip count of a song?

Everything I can find on the internet seems to refer to a different version of macOS/iTunes than the ones I'm running. I want to reset the skip count of tracks without resetting their play counts, as ...
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Metadata in photos - not showing when sent from other people

I'm not having ANY photos showing metadata with geolocation unless it's photos taken from my own phone. I have tested if sent on messenger (where I know FB removes it) But also is sent on iMessage as ...
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Can iTunes change metadata on the actual CD?

I used iTunes to rip a CD of a homemade audio recording of a friend. iTunes thought it recognized the CD but was way off (it guessed a lecture series about ancient history). However, when I looked at ...
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Copy “Artist” into “Album Artist” in iTunes?

In iTunes, Is there a way to automatically populate the "Album Artist" metadata with the "Artist" information, for all songs where the "Album Artist" field is empty? Obviously this is for songs from ...
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Stripping metadata from shared albums in photos doesn't seem to work?

I have shared albums set up in photos for mac (mojave) and in the preferences of photos i have the box "include location information for published items" UNTICKED. I obviously own the albums and my ...
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Show file info in last finder column

Before 10.14 the last finder column always showed filesize, date modified etc. by default. In the new version this information is blocked by the useless "more" button. Is there a way to have this ...
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Bulk editing work/movement on Windows

I am trying to bulk edit a bunch of iTunes metadata based on the work and movement on Windows. Back when I had a Mac, this was possible with AppleScript; however, I don't think the JavaScript API has ...
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How to remove/delete geo-location meta data from photos?

Occasionally someone emails me a photograph with their geo data included. I don't record this on my photos, so it's weird to have just one image randomly include location. In previous versions of ...
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How to set multiple-author metadata for an item in iBooks?

While I can edit books' author metadata in the list view, I can’t seem to be finding a way to set multiple authors for a single title. Is there any way to do this, so that I can have, let's say, two ...
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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How do I get the path to a DMG (disk image) file given the mounted volume path?

I tried hdiutil info -plist, but if I shift the DMG file elsewhere after mounting it, it doesn't update the DMG path. If I right click and select 'Get info' on the volume, I'm able to view the correct ...
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How to get the Disk Image property using terminal?

Let's say I have the volume path. Normally I can right-click and 'Get info' to get its Disk image. I want to replicate the same on terminal (basically need to code it in objective C) mdls doesn't seem ...
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What is the purpose of an AAE file?

First, some background: For those of you who edit photos using Apple software, you may have encountered AAE sidecar files, which are generated automatically by the Photos app (for iOS or macOS) when ...
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How to add title metadata to videos with AppleScript?

Moving to a Plex Media Server I realized a majority of my video archive doesn't have metadata and when I render the videos through Plex's UI I see Episode # when I want it to render as Episode Foobar. ...
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Why is “tomorrow” displayed as the “Date Modified”?

This is a bizarre situation-on my MacBook Pro (2017, High Sierra 10.13.5), when I opened a folder on the Finder, the Date Modified column for the files in a folder displays "Tomorrow at 2:34AM" and ...
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macOS Sierra, Multiple problems with iBooks syncing to iTunes 12

I'm having a whole heap of problems trying to organize my small collection of ebooks. Mostly PDF but a couple of epubs as well none of which came from the iBook store. I'm running Sierra 10.12.6 ...
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How can I find all selfies taken on my iPhone when on my computer?

Since iOS 9, the iPhone has had a default album called Selfies that gathers all the selfies you've taken on the device (i.e. all the photos taken with the front-facing camera) in one place. This makes ...
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EXIF-Metadata not managed correctly in iCloud Photos => Wrong Date & GPS Groupings

I have uploaded ca. 2500 pictures from my PC to the iCloud using icloud.com interface. However, iCloud doesn't seem to be using the EXIF-Metadata in the picture files. I have confirmed the EXIF-...
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Compression / archival utility which stores the most metadata?

I recently did a backup of a FAT32 disk which contained a lot of diverse data. It contains many media files, many big binary files, and as usual with FAT32, it has all kinds of odd (but potentially ...
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When is the metadata store updated?

I'm trying to understand how Spotlight indexing works - in the documentation here, Apple says that the kernel notifies the Spotlight engine which then attempts to update the metadata store. If this is ...
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Can you remove metadata from already sent photos

Is there any way to remove the location from photos already texted to someone via iMessage?
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How should I migrate my iTunes library to a larger external disk while preserving metadata?

I currently have a set up where my default iTunes Library (of ~550 HD movies) resides on a 2TB external HD. I share this library and use it to serve my Apple TV/other LAN devices. The drive is close ...
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Changing file metadata from CLI that will show in Finder

Finder has columns you can sort files by: Name, Size, Kind, Date, Comment, etc. These are shown as headers when Finder is in "List" mode, with respective file properties shown below. If I Cmd+I a ...
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AppleScript: How to add m4a meta-data using Sound Studio?

I'd like to automate the adding of metadata to various .m4a files using Sound Studio. I have a Python script that will run thru all the files I care about and pass along useful data to an AppleScript ...
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Automator “Set PDF metadata” window size?

I have a workflow in automator that "receives a selected PDF file in Finder", then "Open finder items", follow by "Set PDF Metadata" When running the workflow, "Set PDF Metadata" opens a window that ...
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Metadata Rejection; Guideline 2.1 - Information Needed

My iOS App received a metadata rejection because I made a mistake in the review information for In App Purchases. Made the necessary correction and submitted an appeal to the App Review board. Has ...
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How can I copy RAW photos with metadata from Mac Photos app to an external hard drive?

When I travel I want to be able to back up my RAW photos with metadata to an external hard drive, and then later import them on to my iMac. (For whatever reason, photos on my MacBook don't always ...
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Aperture AppleScript to flatten keyword heirarchy?

Aoerture allows you to have a keyword hierarchy. Unfortunately if you choose ("write keywords to masters" it doesn't apply the upper elements of the hierarchy, but only the leaf node. To get around ...
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Using 'mdls' does not display all metadata, only some

The short man page of 'mdls' gives every indication that it should list all metadata by default. For some reason, I'm only getting a small portion: vima@artemis[~]: mdls .bash_history ...
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Using the command line to show the physical and logical size of a folder contents?

Background I can use Finder to view the physical size (bytes) and logical size (on disk). This works for files, folders (contents), but not volumes: Alternatively I can use mdls to get the same ...
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._ .DS_store files and so on when syncronizing cloud drive services

Is there a way to prevent Dropbox, or any other cloud service, from synchronizing those ._ and .DS_store files, although they exist in the Dropbox folder?
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Songs show up as individual albums in iOS Music app

I manually manage my iPhone's music (iOS 11.1). I use music from my hard drive, not from my iTunes account. When I drag music to my iPhone, all metadata of my music shows up in iTunes (iTunes 12.7.1....
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Cannot change movement number or name of a classical piece in iTunes

I just imported a classical CD into iTunes, and am trying to correct the information from Gracenote. But when I select "use work and movement" it will only let me enter the work name. "Movement _ of ...
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AppleScript: Bulk iTunes work-and-movement

Here I am yet again with another iTunes AppleScript question. I have a working script in which you select a work (several iTunes "songs"), and tell it what to set the work metadata as for that ...
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Why does macOS set xattr com.apple.quarantine, when saving a shell script on a usb stick

Problem macOS sets xattr com.apple.quarantine, when I edit and save the file myscript.sh on a usb stick We're on the USB stick [stick128] pwd /Volumes/stick128 The textfiles xattributes before ...
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List of Metadata Attribute Aliases That I can Search for in Spotlight

If I open up Spotlight, I can use metadata attributes such as kind:pdf and date:today to refine my search. I'm curious if there's a way to list all of these attributes that I can use with this ...
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How to disable finder folder metadata persistence?

Is there a way to tell finder not to save any metadata about folders? I would love to get Finder to forget how it displayed any folder the last time I viewed it. So when expanding a folder it does ...
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I can no longer see the url from where I have downloaded a file in Get Info, can I get that back?

I always used to use Get Info to see the URL where I've downloaded a file. Image, PDF, data. Now I can't see this field anymore in any of my recent downloads. I don't see it for old files or new. ...
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Why are my Photos library database/metadata files being modified even when I'm not using the Photos app?

OS: MacOS 10.12.3 (16D32) Hardware: MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012) I currently use Dropbox to sync, among other things, my Photos library on my laptop*. The Dropbox widget notifies me when ...
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exiftool doesn't remove meta data of MP4 (stuff like “Promotion URL” and “Author URL”)

I have a MP4 file with ad URI in meta data. I wish to remove those: exiftool example.mp4 ExifTool Version Number : 10.40 File Name : example.mp4 Directory ...
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itunes - mp4 files randomly divided between “Movies” and “Home Videos” in library

I'm using the most current version of iTunes on a PC, and streaming movies to an Apple TV (Gen4). I've noticed that though all movies come from the same Windows folder, iTunes divides them up, ...
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Is there any metadata stored in Contacts.app contacts that would store when a contact was created or last edited?

I'd like to view my contacts in order of last added in order to remember a few people who's names I now forget but meet this year when busy. The standard Select All… Copy… Paste into numbers as ...
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What all file metadata is available in macOS?

I have gone through Windows versioning information: Please Check out Windows file versioning information Now Windows provide quite an ample amount of information like productname, productversion, ...
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Apple mdls (MetaData List) command on Networked Drive

I have discovered mdls as a way of extracting information from a (photo) file. However, I have found that it doesn’t seem to work properly if I am accessing the file over the network. Some of the meta ...
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How can you tell what time a photo sent via iMessage was taken?

If a picture is iMessaged to me, how can I tell what time that photo was taken? When I save it, it changes the EXIF info to the time I save it (which isn't helpful). I am trying to see if a stranger ...